No. 1 pick Connor McDavid, who represented Ontario as an under-ager in 2013, led a group of 80 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge alumni selected at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, including the top five picks and 20 who had their names called in the first round.
The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is headed to northern British Columbia for the first time. Dawson Creek and Fort St. John will host the 2015 tournament this November, while Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., will welcome the game’s future stars in the fall of 2016.
The future of Canadian hockey will be on display in Calgary this summer; 194 players, representing Hockey Canada’s under-17, under-18 and under-20 programs, will be a part of the National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 29-Aug. 6.
The three Canadian coaching staffs for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge have been unveiled, with Kris Knoblauch, Jamie Kompon and Marco Pietroniro serving as head coach of Canada Red, Canada White and Canada Black, respectively.